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the uk pledges more than £40 million more to help border security at the channel. it'll be spent on fencing, cctv and new technology in calais and other border points to deal with the migrant problem. the money will be formally agreed at a summit between the prime minister and the french president this afternoon. britain will also agree to take more migrants. also this lunchtime: trees down blocking railway lines, after severe gales cause disruption to much of the uk with gusts of around 80mph. a wolf is on the loose in berkshire after the gales blew down a fence at a local sanctuary. police are hunting it, as children are warned to stay inside. patient safety in a&e units in wales is being "compromised to an unacceptable degree" say doctors. we've got patients in the department where we don't have space to see them, and then we are coming back the next day and some of the patients are still here. the new government childcare scheme — nurseries are having to charge parents for meals and nappies because of a funding shortfall says a survey. and woody allen's adopted daughter
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says she feels outrage after years of being ignored over a sexual assault allegation against him. he has been lying for so long and it is difficult for me to see him and to hear his voice. and coming in the sport on bbc news: not a massive catastrophe — the british number one, johanna konta, is staying positive despite a shock defeat at the australian open. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the uk is to increase its contribution towards border controls in france by {44.5 million, and will also commit to taking in more migrants. the money will be spent on fencing, security cameras and body scanners at calais and other channel ports.
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the deal will be announced at a summit between theresa may and the french president, emmanuel macron, at sandhurst military academy this afternoon. our political correspondent iain watson reports. this area near calais was until recently known as thejungle, and makeshift camp of economic migrants and genuine refugees. it was cleared by authorities in 2016 but it is estimated around 700 migrants are still in the area. even before the brexit referendum the british government paid an extra 20 million euros to pay with policing costs and today the prime minister will agree today the prime minister will agree to pay even more but some mps are wary. it is their problem as much as it is ours and we should not keep funding fronts every time they demand more cash. this young modernising european leader signed
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an agreement in france in 2003, essentially moving british border controls onto french soil. before becoming president, this young modernising european politician suggested scrapping the agreement if britain were to leave the eu. he has changed his mind but at a price. the british government will make £1145 million available to strengthen security at the border with more robust fencing, enhanced cctv and infrared detection technology. a former conservative leader says it is money well spent. securing our borders has huge benefit to us, sharing the burden with france is already an established principle. the extra a0 i am assured is about improving that too much bigger degree. the summit is notjust about immigration, may —— theresa may will help —— send troop carrying
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helicopters to help france. the elephant in the room will be stomping around pretty loudly, with france said to be taking a potentially hard line on forthcoming trade talks, then the personal relationships between the british prime minister and the french president could prove vital. macron has a close relationship with angela merkel and doesn't have that kind of close friendship with mates. most eu leaders would rather have theresa may than some of the alternatives. it was cordial when they met in france but now they will need to be a closer relationship as trade talks loom. in a moment we'll speak to our diplomatic correspondent paul adams in calais, but first to vicki young, who's at sandhurst. how much is this all about looking to the future, about a post—brexit world 7 to the future, about a post—brexit world? all the talk so far has been about practicalities, whether that
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is more money in calais to boost the border security, whether it is british help in mali for french troops there, whether it is the loan of the bayeux tapestry but there's more to it than those practicalities. brexit might not be talked about in advance of all of this but of course that is the backdrop. it's all about britain and its future relationships, how it will have these bilateral relationships with incredibly important countries like france once we are outside of the european union so we are outside of the european union so that relationship between theresa may and emmanuel macron is important. he has ambitious ideas for what he wants to see in the european union but the relationship with the uk will be crucial. it is no coincidence we are at sandhurst, today there is a lot of emphasis on the military. but of course it is about trade and the economy, and about trade and the economy, and about britain trying to show france that it about britain trying to show france thatitis about britain trying to show france that it is not on a back foot
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because of brexit, that we still have a lot to offer when it comes to intelligence and security cooperation, and you can expect to hear a lot about that later on when the leaders hold a press conference here. paul adams in the leaders hold a press conference here. pauladams in calais, in practical terms the french are often more money for border controls and also taking in more migrants, specifically unaccompanied children? yes, on the money front, and this is on top £150 million or so that's already been spent in the last three yea rs, already been spent in the last three years, turning large parts of calais into a fortress. you could argue it isa into a fortress. you could argue it is a relatively modest additional price, bearing in mind what ian said just now which is that at one point emmanuel macron talked about scrapping the agreement which would have moved the migrant crisis over the channel onto the british side. it is likely this will continue to be an issue. the people in calais feel they have paid a price —— high
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price. 0n the unaccompanied minors, this issue was incredibly sensitive and close to the hearts of the volu nteers and close to the hearts of the volunteers who work here among the migrants. as many as five under 18s have been killed in the last two yea rs have been killed in the last two years trying to cross the channel, and most if not all of those five we re and most if not all of those five were in the laborious process of trying to establish their right to live in the uk. it is a difficult legal process which takes time and people, while they are waiting, often become desperate. the volunteer groups will be extremely frustrated if they think the money britain is spending is only about security and not about ensuring the safety of some of the most vulnerable migrants in the world. paul adams in calais thank you. severe gales have been causing disruption across much of the uk
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with gusts of around 80 miles per hour. nearly 60,000 homes have lost power in east anglia and south east england, and there have been reports of fallen trees on or near roads in lincolnshire, norfolk and gloucestershire. train lines in the east of england have been blocked by fallen trees. damage to overhead electric wires is causing problems for train services in the midlands. tom burridge reports. gales overnight, so plenty of clearing up in large parts of the country this morning. here in surrey, trees halting trains between portsmouth and london. trains also going nowhere in norwich. it was a familiar problem. and imagine the end section of your roof blown down while you sleep. that's what happened here in coventry. not an explosion, just the force of the
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wind, and family left with the aftermath. it was scary at first, frightening at first, we just wanted to get everybody out of the house. now we can see the damage and nobody is heard, it is upsetting it will cost a lot. seems like this in london, familiar elsewhere. winds of more than 70 mph. luckily no reports so more than 70 mph. luckily no reports so far that anyone was seriously injured but people's property not so lucky. i heard the window smash, fully thought somebody was trying to break into the house. i walked into the living room and a christmas tree had been blown into my window and broke it. different weather, still making travel difficult in the north of england and scotland. but conditions today, milder and sometimes stunning. 0n the 7a in south lanarkshire, sometimes stunning. 0n the 7a in
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south la narkshire, a sometimes stunning. 0n the 7a in south lanarkshire, a different story from the chaos earlier in the week. -- m7a. the from the chaos earlier in the week. —— m7a. the damage caused by the gales further south is extensive. a wolf like this after offence was blown down at a sanctuary in berkshire. and this gives you the idea of the power of the wind last night in suffolk. a play centre now without much of its roof. hospital consultants in wales are warning that patient safety in accident and emergency units is being "compromised to an unacceptable degree". a6 doctors — that's most of the emergency medicine consultants in wales — have signed a letter to the first minister, carwynjones, outlining their concerns. it comes as figures published this morning show the lowest level of a&e performance in wales since march 2016. sian lloyd reports. recess is full, trolley bays are full. 8:30am, and staff at this hospital in swansea discuss the challenges ahead in a&e. patient waiting time targets are being missed
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at emergency units across wales, and today more than three quarters of all consultants in emergency medicine here have written to the first minister, warning that the system is at breaking point. there is good evidence that in a crowded emergency department that patients have their treatment delayed, and that can make their illness more protracted. and ultimately it can make people's lives be at risk. so, yes, people may die because of the pressures we are facing. the latest monthly performance figures show that in december 78.9% of a&e patients in wales were dealt with within the four hour target. a drop in performance compared to the 80.a% figure achieved last year. the target in wales says that 95% of patients should leave the emergency department in under four hours. the welsh government says that this december was the busiest on record. it recognises the challenges faced by staff and says it's invested an extra £60 million to help people working in emergency units like this one deliver their services.
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the challenge is, when those spikes of unpredictable pressure have come in, we haven't had enough flex within our system to cope with those as quickly as we want to. so of course we have to learn, and i take responsibility. hospitals have been coming up with new ways of dealing with busy times. and in swansea, it's all hands on deck to reduce delays. are you being looked after? donna day has swapped her officejob with the health board to help out on the wards. the tasks she can carry out will free up nurses' time. they are so rushed off their feet. i've noticed that it'sjust nice to spend time with patients. sometimesjust sitting there and holding hands with the patient is good for them and good for us. there are still ambulances waiting outside the hospital, but the scheme is seeing results. people are being moved through the emergency unit here more quickly. but challenges remain, with a spike
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in the number of flu cases, the medical team fear that things will get worse before they get better. sian lloyd, bbc news, swansea. and if you want to find out how your local hospital is performing, go to the bbc‘s nhs tracker page on the website — you just need to put in your postcode. the northern ireland secretary has announced that talks to restore the devolved government at stormont are to resume next week. karen bradley, who was appointed last week, made the announcement alongside the irish deputy prime minister. power—sharing between the democratic unionists and sinn fein collapsed more than a year ago. the government's spending watchdog says taxpayers owe private companies almost £200 billion for deals set up under private finance initiatives. pfi schemes mean private companies build and maintain schools, hospitals and other projects, in return for an annual payment. the national audit office has found that annual charges linked
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to the schemes have reached more than £10 billion. 0ur assistant political editor norman smith is in westminster. rv pfi scheme is a bad dealfor taxpayers? the national audit office don't quite tell us that but they do tell us we will be facing a big bill asa tell us we will be facing a big bill as a result of pfi because basically it's like getting new hospitals and schools built and paying for it through a mortgage. you can have your new hospital now but you will be paying over 25 years or so with interest attached. bear in mind successive governments have backed the idea but significantly the national audit office says some schools have cost a0% more as a result of being built through pfi rather than through the public sector. 0ne hospital gusts 70% more and this has been seized on by jeremy corbyn because he has pledged to end pfi and nationalised existing
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pfi contracts so this plays to his agenda. all this of course comes in the wake of the collapse of carillion, which has also played to jeremy corbyn's argument about ensuring public services are provided by the public sector and not private contractors. and sometimes in politics you kind of need the wind behind you, and at the moment mr corbyn seems to be enjoying a couple of helpful gusts to help his argument about the advantages of the public sector over the private sector. our top story this lunchtime... the uk pledges more than a0 million pounds extra to help border security at the channel — it'll be spent on fencing, cctv and new technology at border points. and coming up — tackling a hidden problem — we report on a pilot scheme offering paid work to former slaves. coming up in sport... arsenal boss arsene wenger says he expects his influential forward alexis sanchez to depart for manchester united
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in the next couple of days, with henrikh mkhitaryan moving to north london as part of the deal. parents in england are subsidising free nursery care because it hasn't been properly funded by the government — that's according to a new survey. many nurseries say they're struggling to cover costs, and are having to ask parents to help for fees, nappies and lunches. the government says the funding was never intended to cover the cost of meals or additional services, and that it's investing £6 billion in childcare by 2020. 0ur education correspondent elaine dunkley has the details. how many of the pink beads have we got? at sparkling stars preschool in poole, the numbers don't add up. it's struggling financially to provide children with 30 hours of free care a week and says the government hasn't provided enough funding for the scheme. we are funding big—time
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here in poole. preschools in poole are paid £3.77 per hour to deliver funded childcare. 0ur true cost of provision is closer to £5 per hour. the only person that this policy is free to is the government. it's not free to providers. we are subsidising this policy. it is not free to parents or their children because we are having to ask for additional contributions to cover parts of what we offer that the funding does not cover. before the scheme was introduced, the high cost of childcare meant some parents were worse off going back to work. but with some nurseries struggling to offer 30 hours a week, parents are being asked to pick up additional costs. having 30 hours gives me the security to work more. but obviously if they can't sustain it, then that's concerning. when they go on to bigger schools, you're not to make schools, you're not asked to make donations and things there. it is costly, for a working family when you look at what the minimum wage is, what they earn, and then you take off that cost to the nursery.
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the report from the preschool learning alliance suggests only 35% of childcare providers are delivering 30 hours a week completely free. 37% have introduced or increased charges for things such as meals and snacks to make up the shortfall. and 38% of providers are uncertain whether or not they will be offering 30 hour places in a year's time. almost on a daily basis i receive e—mails and letters from providers that have been around for ten, 20, 30 years, who are saying, we've had enough, we can no longer make this work. we are closing our doors. when you get one in five providers in this survey that are saying effectively, we are worried that we will not be here next year, then that's a bad place to be. and government knows this is likely to be the case. the government insists the additional hours are working for parents, but nurseries say they are going out of business. elaine dunkley, bbc news. a terminally—ill man who wants to be helped to die has been granted permission to take his case to appeal. 68—year—old noel conway,
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who has motor neurone disease, says the current law breaches human rights. our medical correspondent fergus walsh is at the high court in central london. noel conway is a retired lecturer. he is becoming progressively weaker as his motor neuron disease spreads. he needs oxygen to help him breathe. he needs oxygen to help him breathe. he says he fears having a painful and undignified death. so he launched the challenge to the 1961 suicide act which forbids a doctor from prescribing him a lethal dose. he says that breaches his human rights. last 0ctober, three high courtjudges dismissed that challenge. but two hours ago, some appeal courtjudges said he should be allowed to take that challenge and review that decision with a full hearing before the court of appeal, which will be heard in a few months'
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time. this issue of whether there should be a right to die is a key one for society. back in 2015, mps overwhelmingly rejected proposals for assisted dying in england and wales. 0pponents say it would place the weak and vulnerable at greater risk, the risk of co—worker. some american states, california and colorado, have since then adopted right to die, as has victoria in australia. —— the risk of coercion. this case will go back to court in a few months' time here. modern slavery — it's often a hidden problem — but one that can be found in towns and cities all over the uk. for the past year, the co—0p has been piloting the first scheme of its kind to give paid work experience and then a permanent role to more than 30 former victims of slavery, saying a newjob can mean
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a new life. more than a dozen businesses are meeting in westminster to discuss how they can get involved, as nina warhurst reports. before, my life was very bad. i think, i don't have a chance of a future. now, it's very nice, it's great. i'm very happy. peter is a survivor of modern slavery. one of 12 to have been placed in safe, secure work by the co—op. like thousands before him, peter came from romania for a new life. i'm looking for a job. and to be happy? yes. but 12 hour days were spent cold and wet, working in a car—wash without any pay. he was then held prisoner, only allowed out to open fake bank accounts for his captors. you feel scared of these men? yes, very scared. because they're very dangerous, these people. very, very aggressive. they tell me, "i will kill you". his room was closely guarded, but peter escaped when the gang got drunk. and now i'm remembering this... your heart beats faster now, remembering? very, very, very hard.
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from living in a safe house, to a safe job. here at the co—op, they are offering survivors a new start. when they go into a workplace, for example, it's either just the store manager who knows they are a modern slave victim, orjust their line manager and logistics. it's totally confidential. what are the big challenges you face in making sure this employment works? they don't have maybe a driving licence or bank account. the formal things you and i would have to say who we were. we have had to adapt our hr policies to be able to deal with that. right now, in our communities, there's an estimated 13,000 modern slaves. though because they often disappear, that number could be much higher. when survivors escape or are discovered, often they are deeply traumatised. they might be suffering from panic attacks and be terrified of the police. sometimes their sense of trust has been so deeply eroded that they are suspicious of any support on offer. that makes the scale of this challenge even greater.
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how did it go yesterday at the body shop? today, this charity, alongside the co—op, is meeting with a dozen businesses hoping to help more survivors. even as consumers, we love hearing when a business, when a corporation, when they have a heart. this is going to help so many survivors, people who have been the most vulnerable, the most exploited. it's setting them up for a brand—new start. why do you like the job, what do you like? i like it first thing because it's nice people. the manager is great. i love it, myjob. peter is a man excited about his future. he's about to take his girlfriend on holiday, a basic freedom that now means the world. nina warhurst, bbc news. the director of public prosecutions, alison saunders, says she doesn't think anyone is injail after being wrongly convicted because of failures to disclose crucial evidence. it comes amid growing concern
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about a series of rape cases which have collapsed after material emerged undermining the prosecution. senior police, barristers and prosecutors are meeting today to discuss ways to address the problems. our home affairs correspondent danny shaw is here. explain the kind of situation that has arisen. there have been three rape cases in the past month that have all collapsed late on, just as the trial was about to get underway, shortly before it was due to start, in which men who have been investigated for rape for many months have been cleared because evidence has emerged which assists their case, undermines the persecution case. this has been evidence from mobile phones, either evidence from mobile phones, either evidence on text messages or photographs. this was crucial evidence. the question is, why did this evidence not emerge earlier? alison saunders acknowledges there isa alison saunders acknowledges there is a problem and believes there are systemic issues around the disclosure of evidence across the
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criminal justice system. disclosure of evidence across the criminaljustice system. she was asked on the today programme whether it was possible there were people in prison who were there because of disclosure failings. i don't think so, because what these cases show is that when we take a case through to trial, there are various safeguards in place, not least of which the defence indicating what their defence is going to be. and if it is, the problem we have found recently is around the ever increasing use of social media, all the digital material. that we obtain. those comments have been heavily criticised. conservative backbencher and barrister anna soubry said she was appalled at what alison saunders said and said she was ill informed to say nobody was in prison because of disclosure failings. the body that investigates possible miscarriages of justice that investigates possible miscarriages ofjustice has said her remarks were at odds with their long experience of dealing with wrongful convictions. and they had raised the issue with alison saunders on
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numerous occasions. danny shaw, thank you. the adopted daughter of the hollywood film director woody allen says she feels outrage at being ignored for years after making a sexual assault allegation against him. 32—year—old dylan farrow is appearing on television for the first time to discuss the allegation. 82—year—old woody allen was investigated over the claim that he molested dylan in an attic when she was seven. he has always denied the allegation and was never charged. lizo mzimba reports. the multi—0scar—winning director is one of the film's best—known faces. he's also one of many hollywood figures accused of sexual misconduct. in herfirst tv interview with cbs news, his adopted daughter dylan farrow has again said she was abused by him when she was just seven. claims that woody allen has consistently denied. just seven. claims that woody allen has consistently deniedlj just seven. claims that woody allen has consistently denied. i was taken toa has consistently denied. i was taken to a small attic crawl space in my mother's country house. in connecticut. by my father. he
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instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother's toy train that was set up. and he sat behind me in the doorway and, as i played with the toy train, i was sexually assaulted. woody allen says the claims were investigated by a hospital and child welfare and he says they independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. instead, he says, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell her story by her angry mother during a contentious break—up. dylan farrow also showed him denying the claim on also showed him denying the claim on a previously transmitted cbs special. i'm really sorry. don't apologise. i thought i could handle it. are you crying because of what he said, or seen him? what is upsetting you ? he said, or seen him? what is upsetting you? he's lying and... he
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has been lying for so long. and it's difficult for me to see him and to hear his voice. stars like alec baldwin have expressed support for woody allen. many more hollywood figures have distanced themselves or condemned him. lizo mzimba, bbc news. scotland yard says it's investigating a third complaint of sexual assault against the actor kevin spacey. the allegation relates to an incident in westminster in 2005. kevin spacey, who has not been charged with any offences, has denied previous claims against him, for alleged sexual assaults that took place in south london in 2005 and 2008. the tv and radio presenter chris tarrant has been banned from driving, after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol. the former capital radio dj and who wants to be millionaire and who wants to be a millionaire host was stopped after he left a pub in berkshire in november after a member of the public called the police. the 71—year—old was disqualified from driving for a year, and fined £6000.
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some royal watchers have been queueing in cardiff since dawn to see prince harry and his fiancee meghan markle this afternoon. they're expected at cardiff castle shortly, where they'll take a tour of the grounds. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell is there. the crowds are building up a little bit now. to be perfectly honest, it has been fairly low key up to this point. certainly not the excitement there was in brixton in south london a couple of weeks ago. harry and meghan mac had been due here in a couple of minutes but we understand the train from paddington has been delayed and they will probably not be here for the best part of an hour. although harry is strictly speaking prince henry of wales, he has not been a very regular visitor to wales. today he's bringing his bride—to—be on what will be her third public appearance in the uk to
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cardiff castle. they will familiarise themselves with some welsh culture and language, meet some sporting stars, and then they will go to a community centre to meet several charities which encourage young people, particularly from disadvantaged areas, to become involved with sport. so harry and meghan are on their way to cardiff. we will see how cardiff responds. time for a look at the weather — here's sarah keith—lucas. some terrible weather overnight, has the worst of it past? the worst of the strong wind is certainly over. the storm we had is now moving off affecting the netherlands and germany at the moment. we are now left with more snow and ice in the forecast. this is the beautiful scene, fresh snow and blue skies in north yorkshire. we


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